Tailoring pore properties of MCM-48 silica for selective adsorption of CO 2

Sangil Kim, Junichi Ida, Vadim V. Guliants, Jerry Lin

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Four different types of amine-attached MCM-48 silicas were prepared and investigated for CO 2 separation from N 2. Monomeric and polymeric hindered and unhindered amines were attached to the pore surface of the MCM-48 silica and characterized with respect to their CO 2 Sorption properties. The pore structures and amino group content in these modified silicas were investigated by XRD, FT-IR, TGA, N: adsorption/desorption at 77 K and CHN/Si analysis, which confirmed that in all cases the amino groups were attached to the pore surface of MCM-48 at 1.5-5.2 mmol/g. The N 2 adsorption/desorption analysis showed a considerable decrease of the pore volume and surface area for the MCM-48 silica containing a polymeric amine (e.g., polyethyleneimine). The CO 2 adsorption rates and capacities of the amine-attached MCM-48 samples were studied employing a sorption microbalance. The results obtained indicated that in addition to the concentration of surface-attached amino groups, specific interactions between CO 2 and the surface amino groups, and the resultant pore structure after amine group attachment have a significant impact on CO 2 adsorption properties of these promising adsorbent materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6287-6293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 7 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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